Before there was Armistead Maupin, there was Valerie Taylor. Jennifer Dentel, researcher and curator at Chicago’s Gerber/Hart library and archive, on America’s first great author of books published in the lesbian pulp fiction genre.
As the year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante gets underway, Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books, looks at Virgil, the prominent character in the great poet’s epic work, The Divine Comedy.
In the 17th-century, Europe is in the throes of a love affair with the colour black. A rich, dark shade that could only be achieved by farming the palo campeche tree found in the Yucatan region in modern-day Mexico. In this article, New World Objects of Knowledge author, Dr Adrian Masters, a research fellow at […]
The birth of a ‘school-book of political economy’, which originated from the notes of a teenager two centuries ago, is hailed by Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books.
Prince Philip, who was one of the most popular and long-serving members of the House of Windsor, has died aged 99. Dr Ed Owens, historian, royal commentator, and author of The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53, looks back at a royal love story.
Hyenas, the antithesis of gorgeous, graceful African wildlife, needs a rebrand. Ahead of the publication of his new book, ‘Humans and Hyenas: Monsters or Misunderstood’, Professor Keith Somerville says it is time to replace the myths with a more accurate representation.
When donors bequeath collections to libraries, they sometimes also leave money to develop the collections on the lines on which they were begun. Depending on the amount left, purchases may continue indefinitely, or the capital may be spent, and trust fund closed. Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books and university art, […]
Graham McKerrow, a contributor to ‘Queer Between the Covers’ (University of London Press, May 2021), looks at Operation Tiger, the British state’s attempt in the 1980s to prohibit the importation of all queer books, newspapers and magazines, including the latest information about the health crisis then devastating the community.
Dr Christopher Ohge delves into the multiple levels and meanings of a classic piece of American literature.
Dr Karen Attar is fascinated by a rare Senate House Library autobiography full of art, politics and scandal.